NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 12, 1972
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(Studio) House subcommittee holds hearing on case of Air Force Lieutenant General John Lavelle, who was retired after it was learned he authorized air strikes against North Vietnam against policy guidelines. White House was upset as some bombing took place during Nixon visit to China, and while Paris Peace Talks still on.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Air Force Chief of Staff General John Ryan also testifies. Lavelle's bombing discovered by false flight reports Lavelle admits encouraging air strikes by stretching rules of engagement. Representative Otis Pike questions Lavelle, revealing his attacks were against North Vietnam build-up preceding offensive. Lavelle says General Creighton Abrams knew about unauthorized raids, but not that they were without provocation. [LAVELLE - was unhappy to be relieved of command, but would do it again.]
REPORTER: Robert Goralski Artist: Frederick River Kraus